Week 13 | Month 3

Baby's Growth

At this time of pregnancy, your little junior is the size of an egg. Unique finger prints are formed in your baby’s palms and actively learning to kick, swallow, yawn and turning the head. The eyelids are still fused and the vocal cords develop. The big sized head takes up a proportional size to balance the body and now it measures one-third of the total size. In the skeletal structure, the femur and clavicle bones develop first while the organs like stomach and intestines takes shape from this week.

Baby's Weight

At the completion of first trimester, the ideal weight of the baby is approximately 23 grams (0.89 ounces)

Mother's Heath

By this week, the placenta takes over the production of hormones related to pregnancy which will give some relief from nausea. You may see some visible veins running across your body, mainly in the abdomen and breast regions. As the growing baby requires more nutrients, there is an increased supply of blood through the blood vessels which results in visible veins. However, they will not be visible after child birth.

Pregnancy Symptoms

The end of first trimester is such a relief for pregnant women as most of the symptoms would have gone by now. Although, some expectant mothers may still have nausea, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, bloating and gas, as the body respond differently to each pregnant woman. You might have sensed an increased vaginal discharge this week which has nothing to worry. The vaginal discharge protects the birth canal and vagina from infection. Sex drive is also a part of pregnancy symptoms; most women experience increased sexual drive while others may have less interest as every pregnancy is a unique experience.

Pregnancy Tips
  • Apple with skin has constipation quelling fiber so it is important to eat apple without peeling the skin to handle constipation issues.
  • If you still suffer with heart burn and indigestion, keep yourself away from spicy food items, chocolates, caffeinated drinks, alcohol, mint and fatty foods.
  • Visible veins may look cumbersome for a while but will disappear after child birth, so do not worry about them. Try mild lotions as advised by your gynecologist, if required.
  • This is the best time to let your family, friends and employer know that you are pregnant and plan for maternity leave in advance.


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